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Oral history interview with Dorothy Varian, 1980 December 6-7

Varian, Dorothy, 1895-1985

Painter, Designer


Collection Information

Size: 66 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 56 min.

Summary: An interview of Dorothy Varian conducted 1980 December 6-7, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy Varian (1895-1985) was a painter from New York, N.Y.


These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service. Funding for this interview was provided by the Wyeth Endowment for American Art.

How to Use This Collection

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Dorothy Varian, 1980 December 6-7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.